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There is no bad time for a good resolution!
Usually I post this in my Newsletter/Fish Flash during January but I thought I would do it in February to encourage those (possibly) waning New Year's resolutions. This time of year seems like an especially good time to make a good resolution for yourself and your body. A little regular exercise and some good eating habits will go a long way towards shedding some of that holiday cheer and making you feel better all year long! Remember that moderation is the key. I like to eat a little bit of many healthy things, including all my favorites (fried shrimp, chocolate, and bakery goodies, etc.).
Fish and seafood play a big part of any healthy diet. They are good lean protein, low fat, low cholesterol and easy to prepare. There have been numerous studies attributing fish to many more health benefits than any probable risk. Even pregnant women are encouraged to eat certain types of fish a couple times a week to promote their unborn babies health. I receive daily e-mails from various sources that tout the benefits of fish and omega-3's. I will place links to these articles and studies on the Health page of our website.
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February is also National Heart Month and there is no better way to heart health than a couple of servings of fish every week! This is a recommendation from the American Heart Association and the FDA.
I prefer Omega 3 filled fish like salmon, Arctic char, and mackerels.
A minimum of two servings of fish per week is the general consensus for good health. Resolve to try some new fish and/or recipes. We are here to help and guide you to healthy eating. Terry has a flair for coming up with outstandingly tasty recipes that are surprisingly simple to make.
And don't forget your vegetables! Natalie Canizares is a health and wellness coach that has a plethora of great ideas for healthy eating in the New Year. I constantly get ideas from her. Check out her website at beautifullybalanceddiet.com. I would highly recommend that you go through the recipe files at dirksfish.com

to find your favorite fish or dish and treat yourself to a great meal with some our outstanding side dishes. From appetizers to soups, salads and main courses, you are certain to find something that appeals to you! Now is a good time to develop some new cooking habits that you can enjoy throughout the year with a variety of seasonal ocean products. Try a new recipe at least once a month to keep it fresh and expand your culinary horizons.



During pregnancy, you have at least three chances everyday to boost your baby's health. A diet full of nourishing foods, packed with vitamins and minerals, can go a long way to ensure a bright future for your little one.

Fish is one of the smartest food choices you can make, literally. A type of omega-3 fatty acid found in abundance in seafood, called DHA, is needed for the best possible development of your baby's brain. Need more bang for your bite? Low-fat, high-protein fish is also good for mom's brain, heart and weight.

For more about seafood science, read summaries of the latest studies, visit BrainyBabies, Healthy Kids and check out recent media coverage below. 

Benefits for Baby

Benefits for Mom

  • May help prevent and manage post-partum depression.
    Low levels of omega-3s are associated with low levels of the brain chemical, serotonin. And low levels of serotonin are linked to depression.
    Read "Eat Fish, Beat Post-Partum Blues"
  • Helps manage optimal weight gain.
    Choose fish prepared healthfully - for example baked, broiled, grilled, microwaved or steamed.
  • Protects heart health.
    Read "Eat Fish, Your Heart Will Love You"

Types of Fish to Focus On

For Women Who Are or May Become Pregnant, Breast feeding Women, and Young Children

  • Eat a variety of 12 ounces, or 2-4 meals, cooked seafood each week. If you like, up to six ounces can be albacore tuna. Avoid Shark, King Mackerel, Tile fish, and Swordfish.
  • All fish contain traces of mercury, but these fish - which most American's already don't eat - should be avoided as they tend to have higher levels.
      Read "What You Need to Know About Mercury in Fish and Shellfish"


New Online Calculator Clears Up Confusion Over Seafood and Health

Posted On July 9, 2009

WASHINGTON -- Today the nonprofit Center for Consumer Freedom launched HowMuchFish.com, the only online seafood calculator that computes both the health risks and benefits of a diet rich in seafood.

HowMuchFish.com puts conflicting information about seafood and health into perspective by displaying the nutritional content of the top ten most popular seafood species-showing the positive impact of fish consumption as well as the negligible risks from trace amounts of mercury.

The Center explained that HowMuchFish.com was modeled after recommendations from leading experts in the field, including scientists from the Harvard School of Public Health and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. This year the FDA cautioned that the "risk only" approach to seafood health assessment in the current federal guidelines may have a negative impact on public health by discouraging fish consumption.

According to the calculator at HowMuchFish.com, a 130-pound woman who eats canned light tuna would need to regularly eat 123 ounces (7.7 pounds) of it every week in order to risk any negative health impact from mercury. But in every 6-ounce serving, she gains the health benefits associated with high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, protein, vitamin B12, potassium, and iron.

"Fish is one of the most impressive superfoods we know of, packed with essential nutrients," said Sarah Longwell, the Center's Director of Communications. "That's why doctors routinely tell women that the health benefits of eating fish far outweigh any hypothetical risks. Especially during pregnancy." Oily fish such as tuna and salmon are packed with omega-3 fatty acids, which are crucial for good health and healthy fetal development. The recommended daily level of Vitamin B-12 can be met with just three ounces of blue crab.

In a recent report titled "Tuna Meltdown," the Center found that more than a quarter-million underprivileged American children were born at risk of having abnormally low IQs between 2000 and 2006 because their low-income mothers were afraid to eat fish during their pregnancies. Longwell added: "The Internet is full of doom-and-gloom seafood calculators that only tell half the story. We're trying to bring some balance to the discussion. The entire medical literature contains zero cases of fetal mercury poisoning related to fish consumption in the United States. But it's full of evidence that fish is a health food."

To try the calculator,. HowMuchFish.com

For further information or to arrange an interview please call Sarah Longwell at (202) 463-7112.

The Center for Consumer Freedom is a nonprofit coalition supported by restaurants, food companies, and consumers, working together to promote personal responsibility and protect consumer choices.

For media comment, contact our media department at 202-463-7112 ext 115

URL: http://www.consumerfreedom.com/pressRelease_detail.cfm/release/268

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There is no bad time to make a good resolution.

American Heart Association on Fish
Fish and seafoods can play a big part of a healthy diet. They are good lean protein, low fat and low cholesterol. There have been numerous studies attributing fish to many more health benefits than any possible risk.
Even pregnant women are encouraged to eat certain types of fish a couple times a week to promote their unborn babies health.
Findings Support Fish Consumption During Pregnancy
Omega-3 Seen as Key to Newborn's Development
A minimum of two servings of fish per week is the general consensus for good health.



Here are a couple of news items that came out at the end of 2006. These were two independant studies that both came to the same conclusion; fish is good for you! The "risks" were far outweighted by the the multiple health benefits. All the media seems to do is spread myth-information. It's enough to make your head swim!




More links to more information...
  • Government Links
  • Miscellaneous


National Fisheries Institutes Response to Dr Hasan Zia on Fish and Mercury

Tidings of Health from the Sea


Fish Helps Reverse Damage From Cigarette Smoking

Eat_Seafood_See Weight_Loss


  • Mercury

Real Mercury Facts

Understanding the EPAs reference dose

  • Omega-3s

Real Omega-3s

Eat Fish for Better Health






More to come................



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